By Crystal Antlers; photos by Pixie Mol, CR Stecyk III on January 14, 2014
Stevie Wonder (Secret Life of Plants era). JONNY BELL
OUR BAND'S SPIRIT ANIMAL
Why does a band have to be an animal?
IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC
Music Hall MMF 5.1 turntable, Altec 353A stereo tube amplifier, Altec 821A speakers.
BEST SHOW EVER
Primavera Sound 2009, in Barcelona. We got to play with some of our favorite bands; the lineup was amazing. It was probably the largest crowd we had ever played for at the time, and they were incredibly responsive and really got what we were doing. To close our set, we were joined onstage by Marnie Stern, members of Girls, and members of Vivian Girls, with whom we had been touring for a few weeks. Playing Primavera was an honor and a moment in which I felt success. ANDREW KING
WORST SHOW EVER
A Red Bull event we played some time ago during CMJ. It was probably our fourth show of the day,
late at night, we were all really burnt-out and hopped-up on caffeine. The sound was horrible
and I could hardly focus. I wanted to jump out of
the window and land on my head. ANDREW KING
ON THE ROAD
No shortage of stories here.
LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD
Right now, as we’re about to embark on a North American tour, I’d have to say the Canadian border. They hassle the shit out of us every time—and, no, we’re not felons with DUIs. We were randomly singled out and strip-searched once, and so they’ve decided that’s grounds to interrogate us every time we cross, from now until the end of time… Going to be crossing the border four times on this tour.
Pray for us.
WE'LL KNOW WE'VE MADE IT WHEN...
We get our own signature-model Fender guitars and basses. Being able to pay the rent would be a good sign, too.
About the photo: This is a 35mm print of an image taken by our comrade CR Stecyk III. It's a speaker from a decommissioned Pacific drive-in theater dangling by its cable in the middle of the California Mojave Desert. This image is Crystal Antlers
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